Rotator cuff is a broad term used to describe shoulder pain, arising from a number of specific pathologies:
Signs and Symptoms:
What Causes this Shoulder Pain?
You will quite likely have heard of the rotator cuff – they are a group of four muscles in the shoulder that work together to stabilise the shoulder joint. The muscles work throughout shoulder range whether it be lifting your arm up in front or overhead your body. Most of the time, shoulder pain is caused by improper loading of the tissues or excessive stress, greater than the shoulder’s capacity to perform the tasks.
Usually in people under the age of 50, there is a sudden increase in activity which can cause shoulder pain. Often people over the age of 50 have age-related changes to the tendons which may contributing factor to the weakness/shoulder issue.
Like all pain, shoulders have decreased resilience for loading when our sleep is reduced and our system is experiencing high stress.
What can you try at home?
How can physiotherapy help?
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